The loss of public space: an examination of the changing cultural function of teahouses in Chengdu

Zeng Xin (WuHan university)

Chengdu was one of the cities with the most tea houses in China and witnessed a prosperous period during the Republican era. People from all walks of life, including scholars, officials, street vendors, and artists, gathered at tea houses and engaged in various activities, such as watching folk performances, chatting, exchanging ideas, expressing political opinions, and even fighting. From the perspective of public space, this paper aims to examine the changes in service modes and functions of tea houses in Chengdu since the 1950s and analyze how this transformation reflects the Chinese daily life revolution and intergenerational differences.

Part of V5-03 Spaces, Places, and Sites of Folklore, Thursday, October 12, 10:30 am–12:30 pm